The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) warned on July 24 that it would hold the Lebanese government responsible for any attack on its troops from Lebanon’s territory.
In an official statement, the IDF said it was taking military and intelligence measures to secure the separation line with Lebanon.
“The IDF is elevating its readiness to defend Israel’s northern border from all enemy threats with changes to troop deployment and enhanced field intelligence activity in the area … We hold the Lebanese government responsible for all actions emanating from Lebanon,” the statement reads.
Israeli media said the IDF would close roads exposed to the Lebanese side of the separation line. The army will also restrict access to farmlands near Lebanon’s territory.
The IDF is expecting an attack by Hezbollah. A fighter of the Lebanese group was killed in the recent Israeli airstrikes on the capital, Damascus. The group usually responds to such incidents by launching attacks from Southern Lebanon.
As a part of its preparations for a possible attack by Hezbollah, the IDF deployed an elite infantry unit on the separation line with Lebanon a day earlier. Israeli drones are also flying nonstop over Hezbollah’s strongholds.
Israel is taking Hezbollah’s threat seriously. Any attack by the Lebanese group will likely be limited. However, it could provoke a fierce response from the IDF.